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▲ day or two before the close of the session the Colonial Treasurer received from Otago a letter containing a five-pound note and ten shillings in stamps. The writer, an ex-Civil servant, infers that he " borrowed" LlO from the Government funds, but that the Audit Department failed to discover his peculations. He promises to return the balance of his loan at a future date. Appended is an exact transcript of the letter containing the returned " conscience" money : 10 | 9 | 89.

Dear Sir Harry,—About a year ago, being bard up, I borrowed LlO Government funds. I now return u L 5, with 10a interest added, which is as much as your bloomin' Savings Bank would allow. The other fiver I will send as soon as I can. T J should smarten up your Audit Department a bit, or sack 'em altogether. U ought also to get the Civil Service Bill passed, because present treatment is making 'eir (O.S.'s) all d rogues; and u will have to answer for it at the Judgment Day as sure as eggs Is eggß. Civil Servants are now dragging out a hopeless existonce, and they rob the Government every chance they get, and you are the cause of it. Otherwise, as a public man and a private individual, I admire u. U have been the salvation of the colony on more than one occasion, and long may u b spared to guide the helm; but give your poor G.S.'s a show, and don't grkid the soul out of 'em.—Yours, HONBSTT.

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A CURIOUS DOCUMENT., Issue 8017, 20 September 1889

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A CURIOUS DOCUMENT. Issue 8017, 20 September 1889

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